Wizards roll to comfortable win over Magic, reach .500 mark

“Their bigs demanded a lot of attention,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. “Nene was a force in the inside, Gortat was a force in the inside, and we had to react a little bit, and Ariza made 3s, and there you have it.”

Ariza helped the Wizards get off to a fast start, making two 3-pointers and a fast-break dunk during Washington’s game-opening 15-2 run. The surge by the Wizards set the stage for a see-saw first half.

Oladipo steadied Orlando with seven quick points. Then, with Wall on the bench, Afflalo scored the final eight points of a 10-0 run that bridged the quarters and gave Orlando a 24-22 early in the second quarter.

The Magic stretched their advantage to five points. But Wall helped the Wizards get back on track offensively and regain the lead for good.

Ariza, Nene and Wall combined for all the points as Washington scored 24 in the final 6:07 of the half. When Wall hit an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Wizards had an 11-point lead.

“It’s just something we knew we could do. We’re not satisfied,” said Ariza, who has made nine of his last 10 3-point tries. “We want to continue this winning thing, make it a tradition around here.”

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